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Acer snaps run of declining shipments to Western Europe

Staff writer, with CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁) ended a five-quarter drop in PC shipments to Western Europe in the fourth quarter of last year, Gartner Inc said yesterday.

Acer shipped 1.79 million units to the region in the three months ending on Dec. 31, an increase of 2.4 percent from 1.75 million units in the same period of 2012, the Connecticut-based research firm said in its latest quarterly report.

With its 12.2 percent share of the Western European market, Acer held onto third place behind US-based Hewlett-Packard Co, which had 22.1 percent of the market. China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) held second with 13.3 percent, the report said.

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) returned to the list’s top five, shipping 1.45 million PCs to Western Europe to take 9.9 percent of the market and secure fourth place ahead of Apple Inc, which had a 8.9 percent share, the report said.

Gartner estimated that PC shipments to the region totaled 14.7 million units in the fourth quarter, an annual decline of 4.4 percent.

Mobile and desktop PC shipments to that market dropped 6.5 percent and 0.3 percent respectively, it said.

Shipments in the region’s professional PC market declined 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter, while the consumer PC market fell 7 percent, the research firm said.

“Shipments of traditional PCs [desktops and mobile PCs] in 2013 decreased 14 percent, but the rate of unit decline was moderate across geographies — which could indicate that the impact of tablets cannibalizing PC sales in mature markets is fading,” Gartner principal research analyst Meike Escherich said.

“Additionally, large numbers of professional PCs running on [Microsoft Corp’s] Windows XP remained in use, and the corporate market has been increasing its PC replacement — making up for a weak consumer PC market,” she said in the report.

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